More Than A Branch

Genealogy Links & Resources

genealogy links

With thousands of online resources available, researching your family history has never been easier. I have created a comprehensive list of the most helpful genealogy resources, so that you have access to the top websites and tools for your genealogical pursuits. Feel free to suggest links by filling out the form on the bottom of this page.

Art

More Than A Branch – Etsy
My etsy shop where I offer a variety of family tree templates for genealogical research. The collection goes beyond traditional branch-style family trees and includes innovative and visually appealing designs to showcase family history. With customizable options and different formats, I provide genealogists with creative tools to capture and display their family connections in unique and engaging ways.
Disclaimer: this is my own business

Books and Publications

Genealogy Bank
A subscription-based website specializing in historical newspaper archives. It provides access to millions of digitized newspaper pages spanning several centuries. GenealogyBank’s vast collection of obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, and other news articles can offer valuable insights for family history researchers.
Genealogy Gophers
A search engine that focuses on digitized books and publications. It allows users to search through a vast collection of historical books, including family histories and local histories. With specialized search capabilities, it provides researchers with an additional avenue for discovering valuable information.
Google Books
A service provided by Google that allows users to search and access a vast collection of digitized books. Users can search for specific titles, authors, or keywords and view snippets, previews, or even full-text versions of books that are available in the Google Books database.
Newspaper Archive
A popular website that provides access to a vast collection of historical newspapers from around the world. With millions of pages available, it offers a valuable resource for genealogy research and historical exploration.
via Libri
An online platform dedicated to the world of rare and antiquarian books. It serves as a valuable resource for book collectors, scholars, and enthusiasts, providing a vast catalog of rare books available for purchase.

Cemeteries & Obituaries

Billion Graves
An online platform and mobile app dedicated to documenting and preserving cemetery records worldwide. It allows individuals to contribute and access gravestone photos, transcriptions, and GPS locations of gravesites.

Find A Grave
A widely used online database that provides access to grave records and memorials from around the world. It offers a platform for individuals to search for and contribute information about cemeteries and gravesites, including photographs, biographies, and obituaries.
Legacy
An online platform dedicated to preserving and sharing obituary information. It provides a vast collection of obituaries from newspapers across the United States, making it a valuable resource for genealogists and those researching their family history. Users can search and access obituaries, tributes, and guestbook entries to learn more about the lives and legacies of their ancestors and loved ones.

Databases & Archives

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
The National Archives and Records Administration is the official repository for US federal government records. Their website provides access to a wealth of historical records, including census data, military records, immigration and naturalization records, and much more. NARA’s online catalog and research guides are invaluable for exploring American genealogy.
USGenWeb
A volunteer-driven genealogy project that aims to provide free access to genealogical and historical resources for every county and state in the United States. Through a network of dedicated volunteers, USGenWeb offers a vast collection of transcribed records, cemetery records, historical maps, and other valuable resources.

Directories

Cyndi’s List
A comprehensive directory of genealogy websites and resources. It features a categorized and regularly updated collection of links to various genealogy-related websites, covering a wide range of topics and regions.

GenealogyLinks
A website that serves as a directory of links to various online resources related to genealogy research. It provides a curated collection of links to websites that offer genealogical records, databases, forums, and other helpful tools for tracing family history.

DNA

23andMe
A a popular direct-to-consumer genetic testing company that offers DNA testing kits for both health and ancestry purposes. Reports provide insights into ancestry composition, haplogroups, and even offer the option to connect with other 23andMe users who share DNA matches.
DNA Painter
A web-based tool that allows users to visualize and explore their DNA matches, chromosome mapping, and ancestral segments. It provides a platform for genetic genealogists to analyze and interpret DNA test results by creating visual representations of chromosome data.
GEDMatch
An online platform that allows individuals to upload their genetic data from different DNA testing companies. It provides various tools and features for genetic genealogy research, such as segment matching, admixture analysis, and chromosome browser.

Education

BYU – Pathway Worldwide
An online educational associate degree offered by Brigham Young University that provides students with an advanced understanding of family history research principles and practices.
Boston University – Genealogy Studies Program
A Genealogy Studies Program that provides individuals with the knowledge and skills to research and trace their family history. The program offers courses and workshops covering various aspects of genealogical research, including archival research, DNA analysis, and record interpretation.
NGS Genealogy Courses
Online genealogy courses that are designed to be progressive, building a solid foundation in genealogy research skills and records and prepares students to solve problems using key genealogical records and resources, as well as methodologies and strategies.
ProGen Study Groups
A self-study program, enhanced by peer review, of assignments based on chapters from Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards. ProGen Study Groups are organized to support both professional and aspiring genealogists who want to build upon their existing research methods and skills.
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
A prestigious and highly regarded genealogical education program, covering a wide range of specialized topics and methodologies, providing genealogists with in-depth training to enhance their research skills and broaden their knowledge in the field.
Strathclyde Institute for Genealogical Studies
An internationally recognized institution that offers comprehensive online courses in genealogy and family history research. Based in Scotland, the institute provides a wide range of courses covering various aspects of genealogical studies, including Scottish, Irish, and English genealogy, as well as DNA analysis and methodology.

Ethnicity Specific

African Ancestry
Specializes in genetic ancestry testing and research for individuals of African descent. It focuses on tracing and identifying African lineage through DNA analysis. By comparing an individual’s DNA sample to a comprehensive African database, African Ancestry provides insights into specific African countries and ethnic groups that may be part of one’s ancestral heritage.

American Indian and Alaska Native Records in the National Archives
A a significant collection of American Indian and Alaska Native records, providing valuable historical and genealogical information. These records include tribal enrollment records, census records, land allotment records, and various documents related to the federal government’s interactions with Native American tribes.

Digital Library on American Slavery
An online resource that provides access to a wide range of historical documents related to slavery in the United States. It includes digitized records such as slave narratives, court records, advertisements, and other primary sources that shed light on the experiences of enslaved individuals and the institution of slavery.

Freedman’s Bureau
A database featuring records of the Federal agency established to provide assistance to formerly enslaved individuals. The Bureau’s records, including labor contracts, marriage records, and educational documents, have become valuable resources for genealogical research, particularly for tracing African American ancestors during the Reconstruction era.
JewishGen
A prominent online resource for Jewish genealogy research. It offers an extensive collection of databases, records, and resources specifically tailored for those tracing their Jewish ancestry. With features like the JewishGen Family Finder and databases covering vital records, Holocaust records, cemetery records, and more, it provides a valuable platform.

Libraries

Allen County Public Library
A prominent public library located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, known for its extensive collection of materials, including books, periodicals, audiovisual materials, and digital resources. ACPL offers various services and programs, including genealogy research assistance, and access to digital resources like e-books and databases.

Family History Library
The Family History Library is the world’s largest genealogical library. While its physical location is in Salt Lake City, Utah, many of its resources are accessible online. It provides access to extensive collections of digitized records, books, and other genealogical materials from around the world.

WorldCat
A global library catalog that allows users to search and access millions of books, journals, and other materials from libraries worldwide. It provides a powerful resource for researchers to discover and access a vast array of resources beyond their local library’s collection.

Location Specific

Danish Demographic Database
A comprehensive collection of population data in Denmark, encompassing information on individuals’ births, deaths, marriages, and migrations. The database is maintained by Statistics Denmark, the national statistical agency.
Find My Past
A genealogy website with a strong focus on British and Irish records. It offers a wide range of records, including census data, birth, marriage, and death records, military records, and more. It’s newspaper archives and British and Irish parish records make it a valuable resource for researchers with UK ancestry.
Library and Archives Canada
A valuable resource for genealogical research, offering a wide range of records and resources for tracing family history in Canada. Their collection includes census records, immigration records, military records, land grants, and other documents that can provide insights into ancestors’ lives.
WieWasWie
A Dutch online platform that serves as a comprehensive database for genealogical research in the Netherlands. It provides access to a vast collection of historical records, including birth, marriage, death, and census records.

Magazines

Family Tree Magazine
Leading online resource for genealogy enthusiasts of all levels. The website offers a wealth of articles, tutorials, and tips to help individuals discover, research, and preserve their family history.
National Genealogical Society
Magazine providing valuable insights, research techniques, and case studies to assist genealogists in their pursuit of uncovering family history. It covers a wide range of topics including DNA analysis, archival research, methodology, and the latest advancements in genealogical technology.

Military

Fold3
A genealogy website that specializes in military records and documents. It provides a vast collection of historical records related to military service, making it an essential resource for researching ancestors who served in the armed forces.

Online Tree Building

Ancestry
One of the leading genealogy websites, offering access to an extensive collection of records, including census data, vital records, military records, and more. It provides tools for building family trees, connecting with DNA matches, and collaborating with other researchers.

Family Search
A free genealogy website operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It offers access to a vast collection of historical records, user-contributed family trees, and educational resources. It’s collaborative features make it a valuable resource for connecting with other researchers.
Family Tree Now
An online platform that provides access to public records and helps individuals create their family trees. Users can search for relatives, explore their family history, and connect with living family members through the platform.
MyHeritage
A popular genealogy platform that offers a mix of free and subscription-based services. It provides access to a large collection of historical records, DNA testing services, and tools for building and sharing family trees. MyHeritage’s unique photo enhancement and colorization features are particularly noteworthy.
WikiTree
A free online collaborative genealogy platform that aims to create a single, shared family tree for all of humanity. The platform encourages collaboration and the sharing of sources and information to build an accurate and comprehensive representation of our collective family history.

Professional Genealogists

AncestryProGenealogists
Renowned professional genealogy research service offered by Ancestry. Services include extensive record searches, ancestral lineage tracing, DNA analysis, and detailed reports, helping clients gain a deeper understanding of their family history.

Association of Professional Genealogists
A globally recognized organization that comprised of professional genealogists. Members of the APG adhere to a code of ethics, ensuring the highest standards of research, client interactions, and professionalism.

CAPG
An organization composed of experienced and accredited genealogical researchers in the state of Colorado. Its mission is to promote high standards of professional genealogy and provide resources and support to its members.

Dianne Waddington Linkenhoker Genealogy
A member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and with a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, she specialized in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Alsace- France, Basel- Switzerland, Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.

F&F Genealogy
Provides genealogical research, consulting, and presentations with a focus on forensic genealogy including probate cases, DAR applications and supplementals, and residential genealogies.

Katie Rebecca Garner Genealogy
A professional genealogist based out of Utah with an associate degree of Applied Science in Family History Research from BYU-Idaho, specializing in U.S. Mid-Atlantic.

Legacy Tree
A professional genealogy research company that offers personalized services to individuals seeking to uncover their family history. A team of experienced genealogists conducts in-depth research, explores historical records, and provides detailed reports and findings to clients.

Stone House Historical Research
A professional genealogy team at that delivers trusted research results, specializing in reconstructing hard-to-prove relationships. Results are prepared in fully-documented genealogical research reports or legal affidavits of kinship and due diligence.

Time Specific

National Park Services – The Civil War
Through its network of historic sites, battlefields, and monuments, the NPS provides opportunities to learn about and engage with this pivotal period in American history. Especially of interest for genealogist is the Search For Soldiers database.
Daughters of the American Revolution
A lineage society dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Founded in 1890, the organization focuses on documenting and honoring the lineage of individuals who can prove their direct descent from a patriot of the American Revolution.
Mayflower Society
A lineage society dedicated to preserving the memory and history of the Pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620. It verifies and documents the lineage of individuals who can prove their direct descent from one or more passengers of the Mayflower.
Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation
A non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the historical significance of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Established in 1982, the foundation has played a pivotal role in the restoration and preservation of these iconic landmarks. It offers a range of educational programs, exhibits, and resources.

Tools

Evernote
A note-taking and organization tool to create digital notebooks to store and organize research findings, documents, photos, and other relevant information. It allows for easy tagging, searching, and cross-referencing of data, making it a valuable tool for managing genealogical research projects.
Genealogy Indexer
A free online tool that focuses on indexing historical directories, yearbooks, and other types of genealogical records. It provides a searchable database of indexed records, allowing users to search for specific names or browse through the collection to find relevant information.
One-Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse
A well-known computer scientist and genealogy enthusiast, Steve’s website offers an array of powerful search tools and utilities designed to aid genealogical research. From advanced name search algorithms to helpful conversion and mapping tools, it provides invaluable resources to enhance and streamline the genealogy research process.

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